• Unrated, 1 hr. 16 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Kang
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 30, 2007
  • Palm Pictures
  • The Motel
    2 minutes 1 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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The Motel Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

A wonderful reminder that adult life is never as difficult as puberty was.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

A welcome addition to the "awkward adolescence" genre,

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 9, 2007
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A most impressive feature film debut by writer/director Michael Kang who has crafted a compelling tale by examining rites of passage from a fresh perspective, namely, that of a Chinese-American adolescent.

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The Motel gives the lie to all those mainstream teen sex comedies starring happy, horny gwailos .

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2006
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Perhaps The Motel meanders a bit too much -- hard to do in a 76-minute film -- but it is an engaging little movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Each of Ernest's interactions and epiphanies is pure, calculated movieland.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2006
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Kang and Chyau make for a great team, with Chyau able to give an honest performance that requires humiliation, but never disrespect.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: B

September 21, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

As rundown as it is and as downbeat as its denizens are, only 76 minutes seems like too short a stay at "The Motel."

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2006
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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It's a modest triumph of unflattering realism, proving yet again that a camera, a few good actors, the right material and a sensitive director are all you need to illuminate any particular aspect of humanity.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's pretty much a customary coming-of-age tale, though it is told with refreshing honesty and realism.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... suffers from rocky moments and an unsure eye, but [Kang's] sense of detail is rich with prickly contradictions and he resists tidying up the story.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

August 31, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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There is honesty and integrity in the filmmaking and the performances, which make The Motel among the best character studies of the year.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

August 31, 2006
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...specific and detailed enough to separate itself from the pack.

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 7/10

August 5, 2006
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It's Kang's understanding of human nature -- not particularly profound, but true and sharp as a perfectly drawn arrow -- that makes this unpretentious production sing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2006
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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A well-worn coming-of-age tale enlivened by pungent detail and a sharp visual sense.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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Even if writer-director Michael Kang doesn't exactly break new ground, he imbues his debut with a quiet, compelling inertia that mimics puberty's rudderless drift, its burgeoning desire for something, anything, to change.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 27, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The third effort of Korean-American writer-director Michael Kang of New York brings attention to his unique demographic, but should have been a better made movie.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's actually really touching in parts, as well as infuriating.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The film about of a teenage Chinese-American boy struggling with adolescent issues while working in his family's fleabag motel has the precise brevity of a well-crafted short story.

July 6, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Unlike so many indie films, Michael Kang's gently empathetic debut embraces eccentricity without drowning in its own hip irony.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
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